No rush on Perth link – Bar­nett

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

COTTES­LOE MLA Colin Bar­nett says it could be 2019 be­fore the Perth Freight Link (PFL) goes through North Fre­man­tle streets of his elec­torate, now that the ac­com­pa­ny­ing Roe 8 ex­ten­sion of the con­tro­ver­sial $1.8 bil­lion project has started in Beel­iar wet­lands.

“That’s a big project in it­self and will take three years to build,” Mr Bar­nett told the Western Sub­urbs Weekly re­cently, fol­low­ing the start of the project last month.

“By the time that’s built, we’ll have de­cided on what im­prove­ments we’ll make be­tween con­nect­ing the western end of Roe 8 and Stock Road to the in­ner har­bour and fu­ture out­er­har­bour, so there is no rush.”

Al­ter­na­tives from Roe 8 to North Fre­man­tle com­prise a widened Leach High­way-High Street, East Fre­man­tle route, or a tun­nel un­der White Gum Val­ley ad­vo­cated by Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder. How­ever, the toll truck route must even­tu­ally go through his­toric North Fre­man­tle to get to Fre­man­tle Port and at that sub­urb’s pub­lic meet­ing about the PFL in Septem­ber, Mr Bar­nett said he had not yet seen an “el­e­gant” so­lu­tion.

“An ‘el­e­gant’ so­lu­tion is one that al­lows Fre­man­tle port to op­er­ate ef­fi­ciently, re­duces heavy ve­hi­cle and pas­sen­ger car con­ges­tion, and fills the gap un­til a new outer har­bour is de­vel­oped in Cockburn,” he said.

Last month, the State Gov­ern­ment ap­proved a plan­ning con­trol area com­pris­ing widened road re­serves along North Fre­man­tle’s Ty­de­man and Port Beach roads, and a new re­serve across the Fre­man­tle rail­way line from Stir­ling High­way to near Curtin Av­enue that PFL crit­ics cited as a po­ten­tial route for trucks go­ing to Cottes­loe.

Mr Bar­nett said it had not yet been de­cided if the new re­serves would be used for an “el­e­gant” PFL so­lu­tion through the southern end of his elec­torate.

Re­think the Link spokes­woman Kim Dravnieks said it ap­peared Mr Bar­nett was de­lay­ing a de­ci­sion on the PFL through North Fre­man­tle un­til af­ter the State Elec­tion.

“In the time it would take to de­cide on the PFL through North Fre­man­tle, the State Gov­ern­ment could have a new outer har­bour in Kwinana within a few years of run­ning,” Ms Dravnieks said.

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In­vestor Jackie Kirch­lech­ner, left, poses with Arlo Walker from Naked Na­tive, artist Jac Fear, barista Rob Franklin, Ethan Ho­gan of Life Round Here Col­lec­tive, and Lucinda Pear­son and Peter Mil­som from An­drea Pear­son Cul­tured Pearls.

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